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Central Coast Council area

Non-English speakers - Employment status

In 2011, 6,269 non-English speakers who were living in the Central Coast Council area were employed, of which 62.2% were working full time and 31.6% part time.

For the non-English speaking population, being able to find work and participate in the local economy is a very important step to settling into Australia. High employment can indicate an engaged migrant community, or perhaps a large contingent on work-sponsored visas. A high level of unemployment or low participation rate (the percentage of the population in the labour force) can indicate a community of recent migrants with difficulties adjusting to economic life in Australia, and perhaps with a reliance on government benefits.

Differences in employment status for the local non-English speaking population may be related to the age and length of time that population has been in Australia, proportion of second-generation migrants, as well as qualification levels.

Employment data should be looked at in conjunction with Age Structure and Qualification data for the recent arrivals.

Derived from the Census question:

'Last week did the person have a full time or part time job of any kind?'

People speaking a language other than English at home aged 15 years and over

Employment status
Central Coast Council area - Non-English speakers20112006Change
Employment statusNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Employed6,26991.992.14,88993.192.1+1,380
Employed full-time3,90157.260.63,05458.161.6+847
Employed part-time1,97829.025.91,51128.824.1+467
Employed, away from work2303.42.91693.22.7+61
Employed, hours not stated1602.32.81553.03.6+5
Unemployed (Unemployment rate)5528.17.93656.97.9+187
Looking for full-time work3174.64.42164.14.6+101
Looking for part-time work2353.43.51492.83.3+86

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Labour force status
Central Coast Council area - Non-English speakers20112006Change
Labour force statusNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Total labour force (Participation rate)6,82154.659.75,25452.858.7+1,567
Not in the labour force5,36142.938.74,39344.239.2+968
Labour force status not stated3192.61.62993.02.2+20

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Employment status, 2011
Employment status, 2011 Employed, Greater Sydney: 92.1% Employed full-time, Greater Sydney: 60.6% Employed part-time, Greater Sydney: 25.9% Employed, away from work, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Employed, hours not stated, Greater Sydney: 2.8% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Greater Sydney: 7.9% Looking for full-time work, Greater Sydney: 4.4% Looking for part-time work, Greater Sydney: 3.5% Employed, Central Coast Council area: 91.9% Employed full-time, Central Coast Council area: 57.2% Employed part-time, Central Coast Council area: 29.0% Employed, away from work, Central Coast Council area: 3.4% Employed, hours not stated, Central Coast Council area: 2.3% Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Central Coast Council area: 8.1% Looking for full-time work, Central Coast Council area: 4.6% Looking for part-time work, Central Coast Council area: 3.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011
Change in employment status, 2006 to 2011 Employed, Central Coast Council area: +1,380 Employed full-time, Central Coast Council area: +847 Employed part-time, Central Coast Council area: +467 Employed, away from work, Central Coast Council area: +61 Employed, hours not stated, Central Coast Council area: +5 Unemployed (Unemployment rate), Central Coast Council area: +187 Looking for full-time work, Central Coast Council area: +101 Looking for part-time work, Central Coast Council area: +86
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in atlas.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

The size of the Central Coast Council area's non-English speaking labour force in 2011 was 6,821 persons, of which 1,978 were employed part-time and 3,901 were full time workers.

Analysis of the employment status (as a percentage of the labour force) in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a similar proportion in employment, as well as a similar proportion unemployed. Overall, 91.9% of the non-English speaking labour force was employed (50.1% of the population aged 15+), and 8.1% unemployed (4.4% of the population aged 15+), compared with 92.1% and 7.9% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The labour force participation rate refers to the proportion of the population over 15 years of age that was employed or actively looking for work. "The labour force is a fundamental input to domestic production. Its size and composition are therefore crucial factors in economic growth. From the viewpoint of social development, earnings from paid work are a major influence on levels of economic well-being." (Australian Social Trends 1995).

Analysis of the non-English speaking labour force participation rate of the population in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 shows that there was a lower proportion in the labour force (54.6%) compared with Greater Sydney (59.7%).

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of non-English speaking population employed in the Central Coast Council area showed an increase of 1,380 people and the number unemployed showed an increase of 187 people. In the same period, the number of people in the labour force showed an increase of 1,567 people, or 29.8%.

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